COVID-19 KASALI NA SA LISTAHAN NG COMPENSABLE WORK-RELATED DISEASE AYON SA ECC

Ni Monica N. Ladisla
Source: PNA
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Kasali na sa kategoryang “compensable illness” ang pagkakaroon ng COVID-19, ayon sa Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC).

Ayon kay Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, “‘Yung COVID-19 na ngayon is a compensable illness. Napakalaking bagay niyan. Malaki-laki ang compensation kapag COVID-19 ang dumapo sa ating manggagawa dahil sa kanilang trabaho.”

Sa ilalim umano ng ECC Board Resolution No. 21-04, maaaring tumanggap ng 30,000 ang isang manggagawang magkakaroon ng COVID dahil sa kanilang trabaho.

“‘Yung mga work-related illness, usually ang compensation niyan is P10,000. Pero kung COVID, P30,000 under this ECC resolution,” ani Sec. Bello.

Sa kasalukuyan umano, hinihintay na lamang ang pirma ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte upang maging opisyal ang resolusyong ito.

Ang mga sumusunod na kondisyon ay nakapaloob sa ECC resolution na kailangan upang makatanggap ng naturang tulong:   

  • There must be a direct connection between the offending agent or event and the worker based on epidemiologic criteria and occupational risk (e.g. healthcare workers, screening and contact tracing teams, etc.);
  • The tasks assigned to the worker would require frequent face-to-face and close proximity interactions with the public or with confined cases for healthcare workers;
  • Transmission occurred in the workplace; or
  • Transmission occurred while commuting to and from work

Paglilinaw ni Sec. Bello, wala umanong diskriminasyon na mangyayari at parehong makakakuha ng benepisyo ang mild at severe cases.

Matagal na umanong pinaplano ng gobyerno ang benepisyong ito para sa mga manggagawa at aniya, patunay lamang ito na, “Government is not sleeping. Government loves our workers. Alam naman natin na ang ating manggagawa ang prime movers ng ating economy.”

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